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Divorce doesn't have to be too costly to bear

One of the hard truths about marriage is that when things fall apart, you can end up leaving with less than when you came in. For many spouses throughout the country, they married the person they loved while they were both building their lives, but then slowly things began to change. Maybe one of them got a promotion, and the other's career began to stagnate, or perhaps the couple decided to have children and that turned a two-income household into a single-income household with one spouse staying home to raise the kids. This is where the rug can get pulled out.

Who can benefit from divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation is an often misunderstood process, and not a one-size-fits all solution for all divorces. While it can result in very satisfying outcomes for all parties, and preserve important assets and relationships, understanding the strings of divorce mediation can help you decide if it is the right fit for your situation.

The potential consequences of failing to pay child support

Divorcing is almost always a difficult transition, and many well-meaning parents leave a relationship under difficult circumstances. This can make the obligations of a child support agreement seem impossible to meet. In many instances, a parent will reach a point where he or she thinks nonpayment is his or her best option. While this may seem like a reasonable choice, it is a temporary solution at best. The courts have a variety of ways to enforce a child support order.

Factors of asset division in Illinois

Illinois, like any other state, has its own set of factors that contribute to how a court will decide assets should be divided when a couple divorces. As an "equitable division" state, the court follows certain guidelines for dividing assets when a couple is unable to reach an acceptable asset division arrangement. It is important to note that "equitable" does not necessarily mean that the division will be equal -- it means that the court will consider various factors and determine what it believes is fair.

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